Rookie Jonathan Pettibone threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits and no walks as the Phillies rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
Pettibone improved to 2-0 and the Phillies won for the second straight night after dropping two in a row in Cleveland. The Phillies used three solo homers and a two-out base hit to get Pettibone and early lead.
The victory improves the Phillies to 14-16, while the Marlins fall to 8-22.
Starting pitching report
Pettibone’s 6 1/3 innings is the longest stint of his three games in the big leagues. He also did not walk a hitter for the second time in his three starts and got 11 outs on ground balls.
In picking up his second win, Pettibone is the first Phillies’ starter to begin his career 2-0 since Antonio Bastardo in 2009.
Ricky Nolasco worked six innings for the Marlins, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. He dropped to 2-3 with the loss.
Bastardo finished the seventh inning for Pettibone without allowing a hit. However, the lefty walked the first two hitters he faced to load the bases before striking out the final two hitters of the inning.
Mike Adams faced five hitters for a scoreless eighth before turning it over to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth to nail down his fifth save in as many chances.
At the plate
The Phillies got most of their offense from three straight leadoff homers. Ryan Howard started it off with his fifth homer of the season in the second inning. Chase Utley followed with a shot to right for his sixth of the year in the third inning.
Dom Brown blasted his fifth of the season off the foul pole in right in the fourth inning to cap off the Phils’ scoring.
For Utley, the homer was the 205th of his career, which moves him past Dick Allen and into eighth place in Phillies’ history.
Ben Revere singled home Carlos Ruiz in the second inning after the Phils catcher swiped second base.
The Marlins got their run in the fourth on a homer from Donovan Solano. It was Solano’s first of the season and third of his career.
The series continues on Saturday night when lefty Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78) takes on the Marlins’ right-hander Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50). Hamels faced the Marlins in Miami on April 13 when he took the no-decision in a 2-1 loss despite allowing just three hits over six innings.